Home > International Work > Nursing Now Canada

Nursing Now Canada

Nursing Now Canada is the official Canadian representative of the global Nursing Now campaign.

Nursing Now Canada was officially launched in June 2019 in Vancouver at an international conference that focused on power, nursing and advocacy.

The aim of the global campaign, which has over 200 active groups in 90 countries worldwide, is to improve health and health care by raising the status and profile of nursing. The campaign will run until the end of 2020 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Nursing Now is a three-year campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organization. Visit the Nursing Now website to learn more.

Canada’s involvement

Canada joined Nursing Now in June 2019 and is focusing on three pillars.

  1. Nursing leadership pillar (led by CNA)
  2. CNA launched the Canadian Academy of Nursing to fulfil the goal of creating a comprehensive hub of leadership development for all regulated nurses in Canada. The academy will educate, empower and support nurses to lead, innovate and influence public policy to create sustainable change.

    CNA is also supporting ICN’s Nightingale Challenge. We will help ICN engage with employers across the country to encourage their support of nursing leadership development. To help meet leadership training needs, CNA will compile an inventory of leadership development programs and will continue to evolve our own programs in partnership with our members across the country.

  3. Chief nursing officers pillar (led by ICN)
  4. The goal of this ICN pillar is to influence federal, provincial and territorial governments to establish chief nursing officers reporting to the deputy ministers of health in their respective governments.

  5. Indigenous pillar (co-led by the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association and Indigenous Services Canada)
  6. The goal of the Indigenous pillar is to enable and support the current and future nursing and midwifery workforce to provide culturally safe care across Canada, particularly for Aboriginals. The Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association defines cultural safety as being “predicated on the understanding of power differentials inherent in health-service delivery and redressing these inequities through educational processes.”

We are delighted that Canada has joined the global Nursing Now campaign. I am confident that Nursing Now Canada will support nurses to be effective leaders in their communities and in the health system. The power and possibility of nurses to impact health is limitless.

— Mike Villeneuve, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nurses Association


Contact us at nncanada@cna-aiic.ca

Steering committee